Month: January 2017

Staying Safe in the new World

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Well, we are in a new era in 2017, so nice once again to look at how to stay safe and private in this new age, here are some recommendations. For the truly tin foiled hat paranoids Remember just because you are paranoid doesn’t mean you don’t have people snoopy into your digital life, so…

Office supply store for iTunes cards to get 32% off

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One Mile At A Time reminded me of a good way to save significant dollars by quadruple stacking ITunes gift card are currently 15% off there Signup for the free staples rewards program. Over time this is another 1% off Signup for a Chase Ink business card. This gives you 5x points for every $1 spent…

American Express Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve Benefits and chaining

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Well, if you are lucky (woohoo!), you have gotten yourself a Chase Sapphire Reserve and also got an American Express Platinum Business card. Now in the rewards game, things are pretty exciting if complicated, here’s a short list and you can see how when you start with one program, you often get a cascade. That…

MacBook Pro 2016 one month in…

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OK, there have been about a million opinions about the new MacBook Pro, here are the tips, tricks and traps: Unexpectedly cool Touch Id. I didn’t realize how much time I spent typing my password in and it is super cool that it is integrated into the phone. The Sound. Ok, this is the biggest…

Changing Workflow for iPhone photos

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Now that I’m taking so many more pictures with iPhones, I’ve been thinking about how to best move files off. With digital cameras, here is the flow: offload the SD or CF card use DxO to process them as I find it’s automatic features blow things out less than Adobe Photoshop. Add location information with…

IRS and ePayments

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There is a dizzying array of ways to make your tax payments. And I have to say they are not super discoverable, but here is what I have found from cheapest to most expensive: directpay.irs.gov. This requires that you valid by knowing some facts from previous returns and then it will let you put your…

Post CES Updates

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Ok in consumer electronics, here are the next recommendations: TL;dr TVs as Computer monitors. Do not get one, instead, get a low-end TV. At 43 inches, this will let you really develop software well assuming you have the room on your desk and believe me you will want to. The Samsung 6300 line for instance…

Google Slides tricks

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I’ve been using Google Slides quite a bit lately and I’ll be on to Office365 next, but here are some power user tips: The themes are really powerful, but you can many themes with the same name. There is an invisible GUID for themes, so when you are confused about formatting turn on the themes…

Amazon Prime Photos doesn't quite work for me

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Well they now allow unlimited photos with an Amazon Prime account and you can share your high resolution photos with up to five family members. It does sound like the ideal backup strategy. But here are the problems: Live Photos. They still have a 5GB limit for videos and other storage, unless you pay $59…

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